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How Middle Eastern Nations Enjoy European Cuisine

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Just as Lebanese, Turkish and Arabian restaurants have made their way onto countries like England, Italy and Sweden, so too has European cuisine found its way into some of the largest Middle Eastern cities as well. Locals there enjoy the different flavours of famous food too! If you’re in the area and feel like something more familiar, you’re sure to find the following gastronomic delights from Dubai to Cairo.

French Dishes

Creme Brulee
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The fine cuisine of France has a big presence in the Middle East’s larger urban centres thanks to its high class, luxury nature. Locals seeking world renowned delicacies can find a good selection of delicious restaurants in cities such as Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. Here, diners can enjoy some amazing French cuisine including:

  • Liver parfait
  • Duck confit
  • Crab poutine
  • Veal escalopine
  • Crème brulee
  • Pistacho macarons

The appeal of this elegant cuisine is certainly evident in the wide number of French restaurants now dotted about in all of the Middle East’s major urban centres.

Spanish Food

Spanish Tortilla
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If you’re looking for something tasty to nibble on with a fine glass of sangria, you’ll also be happy to hear that there are a number of Spanish tapas joints in cities like Dubai, Amman and Doha. Here, locals can dine on a wide variety of delicacies such as:

  • Cheese croquettes
  • Spanish tortilla
  • Garlic mushrooms
  • Grilled prawns
  • Potato in aioli

You can even find other Spanish dishes such as paella, patatas bravos and more. It’s great to see these lesser known European dishes make an appearance for food lovers in the Middle East.

Italian Cuisine

Margarita Pizza
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No region would be complete without a wide selection of Italian restaurants. This is the world’s most popular food after all, so it’s not surprising to see plenty of places offering their versions of pizza and pasta to hungry customers. You’ll find all of the usual suspects served in fine dining locations throughout the Middle East. These include:

  • Spaghetti carbonara
  • Beef lasagna
  • Margarita pizza
  • Pepperoni pizza

If you’re craving for any of these dishes, you’ll be pleased to know that major cities all over the region sport at least one decent Italian restaurant.

Portuguese Meals

Peri peri chicken
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The spiciness of peri peri chicken means that this Portuguese dish has spread around the world – the Middle East included. From Abu Dhabi to Cairo, locals can enjoy this sumptuous dish and get a taste of fire in their meal by ordering this tasty foreign delicacy.

The popularity of this cuisine stems from its unique, palate-pleasing flavour. As Middle Eastern food uses various spices, it’s not surprising that the tongue titillating peri peri chicken has made its way from Portugal to major urban centres such as Doha, Amman and Jeddah.

British Delights

Steak and ale pie
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It’s also possible to find some sumptuous British treats in the Middle East if you so desire. Commonly served up in pubs and sports bars, here are some dishes you may want to try:

  • Steak and ale pie
  • Battered fish and chips
  • Roast lamb and veggies
  • Sausages and mash

This is a cuisine which really hasn’t changed much in the transition from the UK to the Middle East. This means it still retains its full flavour and a casual dining nature to suit a few friends gathering around to watch the football.

While cities in the Middle East may not sport the multiculturalism of certain European centres, the good news is that more foreign restaurants are opening up there. If you’re looking for some excellent cuisine from some of Europe’s most delicious destinations, you’ll be pleased to hear you can definitely find them when visiting locales such as Dubai, Amman, Manama & Cairo.

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